July 2nd Games
AAA Toledo Mud Hens – GWINNETT 6, TOLEDO 3
41-41, 3rd in West Division
AA Erie SeaWolves - RICHMOND 3, ERIE 2
31-50, 6th in Western Division
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – CLEARWATER 8, LAKELAND 1
1-6, 6th in North Division
A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 1, LAKE COUNTY 0
3-5, 7th in Eastern Division
SS-A Connecticut Tigers - CONNECTICUT 5, TRI-CITY 4
9-6, 2nd in Stedler Division
R GCL Tigers - POSTPONED
4-5, t-4th in North Division
R DSL Tigers - TIGERS 1, BRAVES 0
9-18, 5th in SPM
R VSL Tigers - PIRATES 4, TIGERS 1
14-23, 7th in VSL
The downward spiral continued in Toledo, as the team fell to an even .500 record for the first time in memory. Gwinnett took their fourth straight from the 'Hens, as Billy Buckner was roughed up yet again. Buckner allowed five runs in just over five innings, getting dinged for seven hits and allowing four walks. Fu-Te Ni and Ryan Perry were both outstanding in their innings of relief, both striking out two without allowing a hit in one inning. Jeff Larish led the offense, ripping his 13th home run of the season, while Ryan Strieby picked up two hits, including a double.
Though they scored twice as many runs as their last game, Erie's two-run output wasn't enough to propel them past Richmond. Alden Carrithers and Bryan Pounds both collected doubles from the top of the lineup, but by and large, that was all the offense the team could muster. Thad Weber fell to 4-9 on the year, even though he allowed just three runs in 7 1/3 innings of work, giving up just five hits with six strikeouts. Jay Voss recorded the final two outs in a scoreless 2/3 of an inning.
After being shutout for eight innings, Lakeland finally picked up a run in the top of the ninth to avoid being blanked by Clearwater. Francisco Martinez tripled to put the run in scoring position, and that was all the team could put together. Luke Putkonen allowed four runs in four innings, giving up seven hits and three walks, with just one strikeout. Wilfredo Ramirez was touched for three runs on five hits in just two innings.
Chris Sedon provided all the offense West Michigan would need with a third inning home run, his third of the year since being added to the 'Caps roster. Jared Wesson allowed just two hits and two walks in 3 1/3 innings, while striking out six, and that was all she wrote for Lake County. The bullpen combined for 5 2/3 hitless innings with Miguel Mejia working over three of those innings and picking up the win. Kenny Faulk picked up his fourth save of the season.
GCL veterans and now full time guys for Connecticut, Brett Anderson and Londell Taylor were the offense leaders on Friday night. Taylor blasted his first home run in the fifth inning, while Brett Anderson picked up two hits and two RBI on the night. Josh Ashenbrenner and Les Smith both picked up doubles in the game. Brennan Smith worked four scoreless innings in his first pro start, and he was backed up by Tyler Clark who allowed two runs in two innings of relief, but earned the win anyway. Kevan Hess earned the save with a scoreless ninth.
Raul Leiva singled in Javier Romero for the only DSL Tigers run of the game on Friday, as they blanked the Braves 1-0. Benny Paulino earned his first professional win with five shutout innings that included just one hit and two walks allowed, while fanning eight. The bullpen combined for four two-hit innings with five strikeouts, and Jose Valdez collected his seventh save of the year.
Two hits each from Jose Soledad and Eugenio Suarez weren't enough to get the offense moving in the VSL on Friday, as the team could only put up one run, scored by Luis Cortez. The pitching was solid on the day, with Juan Espinoza giving up just three runs in 2 2/3 innings, but taking the loss to even his record at 1-1 on the year. Leonel Vazquez and Yonny Mosquera were both good in relief, despite walking four batters each.
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